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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dodgers to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger to aid outfield

With Joc Pederson on the disabled list and the team’s outfield production stalled, the Dodgers have decided to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The team needs to clear a spot on its 40-man roster to make room for Bellinger, a 21-year-old who was rated the No. 7 prospect in the sport before the season by Baseball America.

Bellinger can play first base, but he is expected to aid the team’s outfield upon his debut. He will likely ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 05:14 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Marlins expecting to finalize $1.3B deal to sell team to Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter group

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reached an agreement in principle to sell the team to a group led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and including former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, pending Major League Baseball approval and other details to be worked out in the drawing up and execution of a contract, according to an MLB source.

According to the source, Bush’s group has agreed to pay $1.3 billion for the team.

A source said the Marlins and Bush group are very optimistic a deal ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 03:24 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, franchise sale, jeb bush, jeffrey loria, marlins


When will Mets call up Amed Rosario | MLB.com

Mets Q&A with Anthony DiComo.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2017 at 02:02 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Hunter Greene is the star baseball needs. First he has to finish high school.

Welcome to Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif., where baseball players sport Nike-issued backpacks and cross-trainers courtesy of former Knights slugger Giancarlo Stanton, and even the freshman and JV teams lounge in their own clubhouse pondering walk-up music. Next door is the umpires’ changing room, labeled in Braille to comply with building code, where self-deprecating umps pose for selfies. The accommodations may seem extravagant for a high school until you gaze out over the shiny ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: April 25, 2017 at 11:27 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: draft prospects, hype machine

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-25-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 25, 1917:

Word from the hospital camp of the Cubs at Chicago informs us that Victor Saier, the crippled first-sacker, is not being coldly abandoned to his fate. He is lying in Henrotin hospital, waiting for his broken leg to get together again. The other day he was visited by the ladies’ auxiliary of the Cubs, consisting of the wives of the players, who called on Victor in a body and smuggled in to him two bottles of refreshing beer and one limburger sandwich. It was the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Five New Pitches Making a Difference in 2017 – The Ringer

Among 96 pitchers who’ve thrown their sliders at least 50 times this season, only six have gotten swings more often than Bundy, and only seven have gotten a higher percentage of whiffs per swing. Bundy’s extra sliders have come at the expense of his four-seamer, which he’s throwing much slower this season, either because he’s simply lost velocity or because he’s intentionally trying to save his strength. Bundy faded down the stretch last season and has never stayed healthy enough in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Aging Patterns | Articles | Bill James Online

Bill James with a new aging study. HT to Tangotiger.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Cut4:  The Pirates called up Dovydas Neverauskas, the first born-and-raised Lithuanian in MLB history

At 6’3”, he was probably deemed too small to play basketball in the NBA-crazy country.

Just before the start of Monday night’s game against the Cubs, the Pirates announced that they were calling up rookie pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas to take the roster spot of Adam Frazier, who went to the DL. Neverauskas made history while throwing two innings of one-run ball, becoming the first person born and raised in Lithuania to make the Major Leagues.

Neverauskas hails from Vilnius, Lithuania, where his ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Inside the data-driven throwing program that helped revive Dan Straily’s career - Sun Sentinel

Straily knew there was more in there. He hoped Boddy, whom he met through Houston pitching coach Brent Strom, could help him find it.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dan straily, marlins


Brewers’ Eric Thames mashes home runs vs. Reds | MLB.com

With five April games left to play, Thames has a Major League record within reach. Albert Pujols hit a record 14 April home runs in 2006, and Alex Rodriguez matched that in 2007.
Has Thames ever had more fun playing baseball?

“I would say the last three years. When I actually started to let go,” said Thames, referring to his time in Korea. “When I was a prospect and [breaking into] the big leagues, I stressed out a lot. I drank a lot. I was just like, ‘Oh my God, I have to hit a home run or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, eric thames

Marty Appel on Casey Stengel’s OBP, OPS+, His Managerial Career &...Reggie?

Let’s put the ‘Ol Perfessor’s playing career in some perspective.  He finished among the top 10 home run hitters in four of his seasons (I know that’s not a lot back then and some of them were inside-the-park-jobs, but still…) He finished his career with an OPS+ of 120.  Of course no one paid much attention to those numbers back then, but he also walked nearly as much as he struck out.  Batted .393 in 33 post-season plate appearances. It’s really quite a revelation when you look at ...

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djordan Posted: April 25, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: casey stengel, mlb.com

Monday, April 24, 2017

What It’s Like to Actually Pitch to Tebow

“I think anybody would be lying if they said they didn’t at least acknowledge it a little bit. That’s part of the pre-pitch,” Solter says. “You clear it and, as cliche as it sounds, you attack him like any other batter and see how he reacts to different pitches and adjust accordingly to make some pitches and get an out.”

The fact that Tebow isn’t built like a typical baseball player also plays a role in how teams approach him at the plate. In theory, teams like to pound Tebow with inside ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:12 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, tim tebow

Cleveland Indians pitcher Steve Delabar suspended 80 games for positive PEDs test

Indians pitcher Steve Delabar received an 80-game ban from Major League Baseball on Monday for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Delabar, 33, tested positive for ostarine, a muscle-building (or maintaining) agent that is consumed orally.

Two others were also suspended. Mariners reliever Jonathan Aro drew 50 games, while former Cubs righty Jeffry Hernandez (currently unsigned) got 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:39 PM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, general, suspensions

Angels acquire David Hernandez to add to bullpen depth

The Angels, whose bullpen has been beset by injuries and overworked, acquired veteran reliever David Hernandez from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named on Monday.

Hernandez, who had been in Triple-A with the Braves, is expected to join the Angels’ major league bullpen.

Have right arm, will travel.



The New Generation of Ballparks Is Pushing Us Away

While it’s difficult for probably a number of reasons — building sites, parking, the demands to maximize revenue streams, etc. — to totally recapture the classic ballpark experience, the new model of parks has failed to improve the fan experience in some crucial ways. And thanks to Andrew Clem’s fine web site, I have the cross sections and diagrams of stadiums to prove it.

Travis is 100% right, in my opinion.


Are the Rockies and Diamondbacks about to take over the NL West? | FOX Sports

As the Giants surely can attest, baseball – like life – changes every day.

Early on Sunday, a few hours before Miller’s start, I asked Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo his biggest concern.

He did not hesitate with his reply.

“The fear of injury,” Lovullo said. “The depth in an organization is always a concern. Our health is of utmost importance for us to maintain what we’re doing.”

The loss of Miller for an extended period would diminish the excitement over the early ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 12:10 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rockies

‘Really bro, Pokemon?’ Addison Russell is building baseball’s most unusual autograph collection

Not just any player is worthy of signing a Pokémon card for Addison Russell’s collection. It needs to be a player the Cubs shortstop admires—and one who matches the traits of the Pokémon character on the card being autographed…

“I’m going to keep doing it,” he said. “I have some badass Pokémon cards that I need signed.”

PreservedFish Posted: April 24, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, autographs, baseball cards, pokemon

Peter Gammons: The integration of science and humanity - GammonsDaily.com

Gammon on catching.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, defense

2017 UZR Updates! | FanGraphs Baseball

MGL updates UZR.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense, sabermetrics, uzr

Nationals trade rumors: Washington interested in David Robertson, Alex Colome

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Nationals have “touched base” with multiple teams regarding their closers, specifically the White Sox’s David Robertson and Rays’ Alex Colome.

Washington has been searching for ninth-inning help since the end of last season. On top of losing Mark Melancon as a free agent, the Nationals also whiffed on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. This isn’t the first time Robertson’s name has come up in connection to the Nationals, either. The White Sox ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 24, 1917:

Manager Mathewson of the Cincinnati Nationals, announced that he had obtained the services of Jim Thorpe of the New York Nationals. The deal involved a straight sale, but the price was not announced.

1917 was the closest Thorpe came to being a regular in the big leagues, and he wasn’t awful. Thorpe hit .237/.275/.357 (96 OPS+) in 103 games, and legged out 10 triples in 308 at-bats. He put up 0.5 WAR, which isn’t great, but at least suggests that he deserved to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:26 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jim thorpe


OTP 24 April 2017: Talking politics (and baseball) with the mayor

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett on politics:

“Who thinks it is acceptable for a kid to come Downtown with a handgun in his pocket?” he asked. “Who thinks it is OK for kids who aren’t even 18 to be walking around with guns? I don’t think you can find anyone who thinks that is acceptable.”

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett on baseball:

“Some call it slow, or even boring. But it’s deliberate for a reason. It’s a situational game. Every batter, every pitch, presents a different ...

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BDC Posted: April 24, 2017 at 09:06 AM | 890 comment(s)
  Beats: indianapolis, politics

Mariners DFA Leonys Martin

I see he’s been struggling mightily but this still surprises me. While it seems clear he’s not going to deliver on the promise he showed early in his career, he’s still got 10 career WAR, 3 WAA through age 28 and seems to still play a competent CF. Price tag if grabbed on waivers is whatever is left of $4.9 M.

Walt Davis Posted: April 24, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, seattle mariners

SportsGrid: Noah Syndergaard Hints That He Gets Killed In His ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scene

In a coat of blue or a coat of orange…

It makes sense that the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard would be cast as a Lannister general in Game of Thrones — he discussed his appearance in Season 7 recently on Sports Illustrated Now, and confirmed that he’s already filmed his part in Spain.

Syndergaard’s part is little more than a cameo, but he did say that he either “kills someone or is killed.” Seeing that he’s a general, and the killing is usually left to the soldiers, it’s probably the ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: game of thrones, mets, noah syndergaard

Shelby Miller leaves with forearm tightness | MLB.com

“These are tough things for me to address,” said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. “It’s really unfortunate. Shelby’s been throwing the ball extremely well. Numbers aside, you just hate to have something like his pop up. We’re going to be optimistic.”

Miller says he has never experienced this type of issue before, but a forearm injury sometimes is a precursor to elbow problems and ultimately Tommy John (ligament-replacement) surgery.
“Personally, I feel like I’ll probably feel better tomorrow,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

What is wrong with Jose Bautista? - Beyond the Box Score

“Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.” ~ Branch Rickey

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

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